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FWC running in the fast lane

Posted by May 25, 2020

Recent changes have been made to the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) (FW Act) relating to the JobKeeper payment scheme. Under new Part 6-4C of the FW Act, eligible national system employers have been given temporary powers to: Give employees a JobKeeper enabling direction Request employees agree to altering their days or times of work […]

COVID-19 Information Hub

Posted by May 20, 2020

We have compiled the following list which provides businesses with the most relevant and up to date information relating to the COVID-19 pandemic. Don’t forget to sign up for our newsletter and like us on LinkedIn to obtain early access to our blog posts. Australian Taxation Office (JobKeeper Payment): https://www.ato.gov.au/general/jobkeeper-payment/ Fair Work Ombudsman: https://coronavirus.fairwork.gov.au/ Victorian […]

Court finds Qantas not required to pay sick leave

Posted by May 20, 2020

The Federal Court has found that employees are not entitled to access paid personal leave or compassionate leave during a period of stand down. In Communications, Electrical, Electronic, Energy, Information, Postal, Plumbing and Allied Services Union of Australia & Ors v Qantas Airways Limited, several unions brought a challenge on behalf of Qantas employees who […]

The Fair Work Commission rates Uber Eats delivery drivers – and they are not employees

Posted by May 14, 2020

The Full Bench of the Fair Work Commission (FWCFB) has confirmed the Commission decision at first instance that a delivery driver was not an employee either of Uber Eats, which provided the technology platform and advertising of its service, or of Portier Pacific Pty Ltd (Portier), the payment collection agent. The delivery driver was found […]

National COVID-19 Safe Workplace Principles

Posted by May 13, 2020

On 24 April 2020, the National Cabinet agreed to the 10 proposed National COVID-19 Safe Workplace Principles (Principles). The complete version of the Principles can be found here. The purpose of the Principles is to provide a framework for businesses to facilitate the safe return to work. The 10 Principles published on Safe Work Australia’s […]

JobKeeper Scheme: Eligible employers granted sweeping powers under the Fair Work Act

Posted by Apr 15, 2020

On 9 April 2020, the Coronavirus Economic Response Package Omnibus (Measures No. 2) Act 2020 (Cth) received Royal Assent.  Employers need to be aware that this legislation amends the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) (the Act) in a number of significant ways.  Given the current situation, many employers are grappling with reduced demand and/or government restrictions […]

COVID-19 – It’s not all about stand down; what about varying your enterprise agreement?

Posted by Apr 3, 2020

In response to the coronavirus pandemic, you would have seen in the media that a number of employers, large, medium and small, from a wide range of industries are standing down employees. Stand down is permissible in more limited situations than current reporting would have you believe. Employers are also utilising other measures such as […]

A BRAVE NEW WORLD – MAKING REMOTE WORKING WORK

Posted by Apr 2, 2020

How do we do it safely? At Justitia we are keenly aware of the challenges facing organisations when it comes to remote working, as we are facing them as well! As entire organisations adjust to an online environment, we are all feeling our way, identifying solutions and working together to make a seemingly impossible situation […]

Preparing for Coronavirus in the workplace – key questions for employers

Posted by Mar 3, 2020

Organisations across Australia are currently preparing for, and dealing with, the impact of Coronavirus (COVID-19) (Coronavirus). According to experts, it is a question of when, not if, a pandemic will be declared and the Australian Government has already triggered its emergency response plan. A pandemic, according to the World Health Organisation, is the worldwide spread […]

Justitia Spotlight – An interview with Kelly Ralph

Posted by Feb 27, 2020

Interviewer: Alexandra Beasley, Legal Research Assistant – Alex is a final year Bachelor of Laws (Honours)/Bachelor of Arts student at Monash University. Alex’s desire to learn from lawyers who take a proactive approach to employment law led her to commence her role as a Legal Research Assistant at Justitia.  Tell us a bit about yourself. […]